Yes, as simple as that. I started using some basic mods like XVM and that one crosshair mod only to remove them (mostly).
The rest will removed eventually.
There are a couple of issues:
-Updating the mods every time a new version of WoT is released. Nuff said. I know, I should know better, maybe I am just too lazy, but it is quite annoying.
It does not help at all that some players with mods forget that, their game crashes when they start a battle and that player is unavailable. Effectively an AFK player, without the deliberate AFK part (the name is greyed out)
-Screen clutter. There is some useful info that mods provide nice info. But in the case of the crosshair mod, for me it actually clutters the screen too much. I need a clear view of my target. Sure, the info showed on it like reload time and the improved circle is nice but I just need a basic cross hair with a clear view, like the vanilla crosshair.
-"Chilling effect" Unless there is a list somewhere that shows banned mods, I never know what mods are allowed and what are not allowed. I would not risk playing with a mod that does look fine for me, but is actually banned. Those two mods should be fine, but I do now know what happens with them in the future.
For the same reason, I believe that any mods that make the view clearer in some way are illegal and I do not have them
-XVM is a special case on its own and I leave it at that. Since I am not going to apply for a clan, I ignore there stats. It does not help that the stats shows the global performance and not the specific tank performance. At least the "Chance to win" is turned off by default, which spoils me in both ways (losing hope back then months ago when you get a low chance to win or being overconfident when you get a high chance to win). Since it shows global performance, it is prone to stat padding, which makes these stats even less reliable. For the same reason it kinda puts some players on an disadvantage, which are experimental and play a large variety of tanks, but can actually only be really good in a few tanks. So I removed that. Given that XVM can be configured I could change that. Those numbers also appear fairly crpytic in the beginning if you don't understand them. The ingame clock is actually a very nice thing to have however so not everything is bad.
-Garage mods. Not installed any of them so far, but judging from the WG special garages I do not want them. They stress my PC a little bit too much. The vanilla garage is fine. Yes, people tell me I should get a better PC. I got a fairly decent one and not a cr-p PC. The real problem is, that in the hot summer, that my PC gets quite loud when I stay in that special garage (usually it does not happen in norma garages). Given that I fear that garage mods do roughly the same, with more or less optimization, I do not really like that. However, if there are any "simple" garage mods available I would get them. I mean that actually puts less stress on the computer. They are not illegal since they do not provide any advantage whatsoever.
-Skins. While weakspot skins are legal, they kinda ruin the atmosphere. It feels like playing with hacks. Same applies to normal skins. Some of them use wrong colors that kill atmosphere again. (think about bright orange colors in a war enviroment). Camo skins are kinda fine, except that they confuse me into thinking that they have camo skin, since the offical camo paint provides a camo bonus. Ok, you can change the camo paint too for that matter, but you have to buy the right camo first, which is too expensive for me at the moment. Last but not least are total conversions that turn one tank into another in terms of looks (T110E5 into Abrams, T-62A into T-80U, you name it). The problem with that the model changes, but not the hitboxes. I still must be able to aim for these weakspots.
-And I heard somewhere that you can change the crew names somewhere by editing some files. I have no idea whatsoever, but I think its illegal. You know, you are supposed to pay real money for that.
I know, its just my opinion, hate me for that, you do not have to accpet my opinion.
I simply do not like mods. Some other use mods and I am fine with that.
And I do not hate them fully. There are some features I really like, like an ingame clock. Or a clean garage...
Yeah..anyone out there who plays vanilla WoT?EDIT: I am aware that I cannot call myself playing vanilla WoT, since it requires not to have any mods instally at all, but I will remove all of my mods in the future. At least by the time WoT updates to 8.8.
Edited by MarkR17, 13 August 2013 - 12:26 PM.